STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics Teams with Tapko to Deliver Energy-Efficient Microcontrollers for Smart Building

     STMicroelectronics : STMicroelectronics Teams with Tapko to Deliver
       Energy-Efficient Microcontrollers for Smart Building Automation

        World's most widely used smart-building protocol now available
   for over 500 STM8 and STM32 microcontrollers, including ultra-low-power

Geneva, Switzerland; Regensburg, Germany, August 21, 2013 - STMicroelectronics
(NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the
spectrum of electronics applications, and Tapko Technologies, a leader in
KNX^[1] solutions for home and building control, have released a KNX
communication stack for all ST's STM8 and STM32 microcontrollers. This
initiative will speed up development of smart-building systems for automatic
lighting, heating and other environmental controls that help enhance energy
efficiency and user comfort.

The move addresses a market estimated at over €600 million in Europe
alone^[2], and allows engineers to leverage the advanced capabilities of ST's
STM8 and STM32 microcontroller families for innovative residential or
commercial building-automation products. Over 500 variants are available,
including ultra-low-power STM8L and STM32L devices, maximizing freedom to
optimize price, power consumption and functionality.

KNX is currently used in over 70% of European smart-home devices. As an open
standard, KNX promotes interoperability, saves costs and enhances flexibility
for product developers and equipment owners. Now managed by the KNX
Association, it is ratified as CENELEC EN 50090 or CEN EN 13321-1 in Europe,
GB/Z 20965 in China, ANSI/ASHRAE 135 in the USA, and globally as ISO/IEC

"With ST's large families of 8-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers now readily
available to the KNX community, we expect to see even more widespread
deployment within Europe and worldwide of smart-building systems that help
reduce the energy usage and environmental impact of homes, offices and
factories everywhere," said Petar Tomic, CEO of Tapko Technologies GmbH.

"The STM8 and STM32 families offer advanced features, extremely low energy
consumption and extensive compatibility between devices, families and software
helping to minimize development costs and time to market," said Michel Buffa,
Microcontroller Division Manager, STMicroelectronics. "With the KNX stack now
also ported, our customers can leverage this popular protocol to create
competitive, high-performing smart-building solutions."

ST's 8-bit STM8 microcontrollers and 32-bit STM32 ARM^® Cortex(TM)-M devices
provide powerful features such as an LCD controller, motor-control timers,
Power-On Reset, real-time clock, memory-protection unit, dual watchdogs,
anti-tamper protection, embedded EEPROM, fast and low power Analog to Digital
Converter, flexible DMA matrix and optimized power consumption modes for
battery-operated applications. The STM8L and STM32L best-in-class ultra-low
power is the result of ST's 130nm and 110nm low-leakage process, unique design
techniques ensuring high performance from a voltage supply as low as 1.65V,
and multiple power-management modes with fast wake-up.

In addition, the high-performance STM32F2 series, which features up to 1Mbyte
Flash, Ethernet MAC and hardware encryption, provides support for KNX
tunneling over IP allowing secure communication with smart-building systems
via the Internet.

About STMicroelectronics
ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from
healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and
office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from
technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on
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About Tapko Technologies
Tapko Technologies GmbH was established in October 1999 by Klaus Adler and
Petar Tomic who were part of the original development group of EIB over 2
decades ago.

The principal office is located in Regensburg, South Germany. The main
business area is building automation. Tapko is full KNX Member and ISO
9001/2008 certified.

With its partner APRICUM d.o.o., Tapko has been building a constantly growing
manufacturing place for innovative KNX products since 2001. APRICUM d.o.o. is
located in Split, Croatia, and is under the leadership of Olivera Tomic.

In May 2011 Christian Gossé and Tapko established TAPKO GOSSÉ & TECH. This
fast developing company with location in Mutzig, near Strasbourg in France, is
managed by Christian Gossé. He has done a significant contribution to the KNX
specification and is one of the fathers of KNX-RF. TAPKO GOSSÉ & TECH is
specialised in KNX-RF products with a long lasting experience in industrial
product development.

For Press Information Contact:

TAPKO Technologies
Petar Tomic
+49941 30747-12

Michael Markowitz

Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354


[1] KNX is the world's most widely used protocol for networking sensors and
actuators for smart-building systems. It was designed and is well suited for
lighting and shutter control, heating, ventilation and air conditioning,
security and monitoring, and water control and energy management.

[2] BSRIA European Smart Home Market Study

ST Tapko Home Automation


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